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Eric Vonn is a Guatemalan telenovela writer known for his unique and "different" storylines. A hallmark of his work is that the villains aren't usually in love with the protagonist (a cliché motive for characters in the average telenovela and something for which they have been criticized) and that most of his telenovelas seem to center more on the villains and their stories instead of the "good guys." Furthermore, he has a reputation for creating memorable villains for the network, such as Marcia and Don Chema in Tierra de Pasiones,[1] Doña Ágata, Inés, and Elena in Pecados Ajenos, the demon in La Chacala, and most recently, the disturbing character of Doña Loreto in Cielo Rojo.

Tierra de Pasiones and Pecados Ajenos, two of his latest novelas, could be considered modern-day retellings of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, especially the latter, and are of the tragicomedic genre. They were also known for their unusual and controversial series finales. Vonn's work, usually considered black comedy, is full of double entendres, puns, violent scenes, explicit sex scenes, and satirical and sarcastic takes on Christianity. For example, in Pecados Ajenos, the villain Ágata would always ask the Virgin Mary that her latest murder go as planned and that her victim would go to hell. She would often say "As a Christian woman, I..." before saying something really un-Christian. This kind of dark humor and graphic scenes have caused his telenovelas to be aired in later time slots.

Additionally, Vonn's novelas greatly differ from other Hispanic writers' in that they typically take place in the United States and follow the lives of Hispanic-American characters facing contemporary issues, such as illegal immigration, LGBT acceptance among the conservative Hispanic community, difficulties getting into college, teenage drug abuse, sex, and subtle criticisms on religion.

Writing style

Vonn uses black humor in his latest telenovelas with Telemundo and Azteca. The dialogues are full of ironic, sarcastic phrases, full of allegories and cynicism; the mimics of the characters must be the same way. The situations — whether it's gore, murder, or violence — are full of black humor which causes viewers to have different emotions at the same time. His novelas normally feature much physical and verbal violence, full of nude erotic scenes specially featuring villains. They are very realistic and close-to-real-life characters with their actions.

Protagonists are not the "main characters" of the novela: They have almost the same percentage of the scenes as villains or estelars. The best proof of this type of work are his late timeslot telenovelas Pecados Ajenos with Telemundo, Cielo Rojo and Vivir a Destiempo with Azteca. Tierra de Pasiones with Telemundo and Quererte Así with Azteca are a bit lighter, especially the ultimate one, because of earlier timeslot.

Filmography

Telenovelas

Television
Year Title Company Duty
2019 Cadena de Pecados TV Azteca Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay, his own remake of "Pecados Ajenos", 140 episodes.
2016 Un día cualquiera TV Azteca Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay. 80 episodes
2015-2016 A que no me dejas Televisa Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay, his own remake of "Amor en silencio".
2013-14 Por siempre mi amor Televisa Original story, adaptation and screenplay, his own new remake of "Mi segunda madre".
2013-2014 Hombre Tenías que Ser TV Azteca Adaptation and Screenplay from Episode 56 till the end 105(Free Version)
2013 Vivir a Destiempo TV Azteca Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay, 150 episodes
2012 Quererte Así TV Azteca Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay, 120 episodes
2011-2012 Cielo Rojo TV Azteca Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay, 170 episodes
2007-2008 Pecados Ajenos Telemundo Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay, 167 episodes
2006-2007 Amores de Mercado Telemundo Second part of the telenovela from existing story
2005-2006 Tierra de Pasiones Telemundo Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay, 172 episodes
2004 Piel de Otoño Televisa Remake of "Cicatrices del Alma"
2002 Súbete A Mi Moto TV Azteca Last 120 episodes of half hour each of existing story
2000-2001 El Amor No Es Como Lo Pintan TV Azteca Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay
1999-2000 El Candidato TV Azteca Collaboration on 170 episodes of half hour each from 250 total
1998-1999 Háblame de Amor TV Azteca Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay, 125 episodes
1997-1998 La Chacala TV Azteca Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay
1997 Al Norte del Corazon TV Azteca Co-author, 195 episodes of half hour each of 270 total
1996-1997 Tric Trac TV Azteca Original Story, Adaptation and 100 episodes of half hour each
1995-1996 Acapulco, Cuerpo, y Alma Televisa Based on a Story of Maria Zarattini, original screenplay
1993-1994 Valentina Televisa Free version of already existing story, last 80 episodes of half hour each
1990-1991 Amor De Nadie Televisa Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay
1990 Días Sin Luna Televisa Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay
1989 Mi Segunda Madre[2] Televisa Original Story inspired by novel of Abel Santacruz, Adaptation and Screenplay
1987-1988 Amor En Silencio Televisa Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay
1986 Cicatrices del Alma Televisa Co-author of Original Story, Adaptation and Screenplay

References

  1. ^ "Eric Vonn: Los productores de Guatemala deben apostar al público internacional – Prensa Libre" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  2. ^ "¿Harán justicia a Eric Vonn en Televisa?". Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-10.
TVyNovelas Award for Best Original Story or Adaptation